I am still experimenting with different styles to wear to work, since the dress code went to
Recently I decided to try adding some tunic tops in my work wardrobe.
The first one was See and Sew B6272, which is the same pattern as Vogue 8962, minus the skirt. Both are now out of print.
I did not have any of the fit issues, or criticism of lack of fullness in the back or side seam pulling, that were prevalent in the negative reviews. I think because this is a slim fit tunic, the location and contour of a individual’s hip/butt curve has a big impact on the fit. There were no finished garment measurements on the pattern pieces so I did the measuring myself before cutting, to ensure the size I was making had enough ease. I made a size 14 which had 7 inches of ease over my hip body measurement. I wore the tunic to work with jeggings ( Eddie Bauer travel pant) and a skirt (Pamela perfect pencil skirt). I got asked why I was so dressed up when I wore it with the skirt.
|Slim tunic with jeggings|
|Slim tunic back|
|Slim tunic with skirt|
My second tunic sew was a Nancy Zieman pattern, McCall's 7474, a very loose-fitting tunic with a deep cowl neckline, front insert, back V-shaped insert and shaped hemline.
When a fellow sewer brought her version of this tunic, made in an ombre fabric, to the sewing guild meeting Show and Tell, I was smitten. I had the perfect fabric in my stash. Gray/cream marled poly lycra knit with brown ombre overprint borders, from the G Street Fabrics $2.97 table. I bought the pattern on the way home from the meeting and finished the tunic the next day. The seaming on this tunic was perfect for highlighting the ombre shading. But oh my, there a lot of fabric in the flare of this tunic. 20 inches of ease over my hip measurement. All very drapey and swirly, but I felt like I was swimming in fabric. And I made a size M even though my measurements put me squarely in a size 16 or L. Below is the tunic worn with wide leg pants. It doesn't look bad, but it is definitely a " hide my body shape" look.
|McCall's 7474 front|
|McCall's 7474 Side|
|McCall's 7474 Back|
I wore it to work with stretch woven grey jeggings (Walmart).
|McCall's 7474 with jeggings|
The pattern is easy to make and the instructions were good. Only puzzler was they have you cut fusible interfacing in 3/8" bias strips and apply them to the hems , necklines and armholes, aligning the edge of the interfacing to the edge of the fabric. That means the interfacing is 1/4 from the seam line. I would think it would be important to interface/stabilize the seam line on the neck line and armhole, not the edge of the fabric. And the interfacing on the hem edge, I was not sure what the purpose of that was. I had a mental discussion with Nancy Z. on those instructions, and decided to use the Burda method instead. Which is to apply interfacing strip over the seam line, and only on armholes and neck seam lines.
Conclusion, I will wear the 1st tunic more than the second. And both with jeggings.